Some state leaders hoping for Major League Soccer to come to Albuquerque

Posted at: 02/20/2014 6:50 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The sound of soccer announcers screaming "GOL" is what fans of the UNM soccer team love to hear, AND now soccer fans in the Duke City are dreaming even bigger: Major League Soccer.   

House Majority Whip Moe Maestas just sponsored a memorial to get the ball rolling. The plan is to get state and local leaders here in Albuquerque talking about how to make it happen.

The dreams of Major League Soccer start right at St. Pius X High School where the minor league team Albuquerque Sol start their season later this year.

Larry Espinoza, the general manager for the Albuquerque Sol, says the overall goal is a ten year plan to bring MLS to the city.

He tells us that in order for the city to be taken seriously, the soccer team needs a stadium!

"The idea is that we build something from within. We want to build to go to that USL pro level. In order to go to that USL pro level, we have to have a soccer specific stadium," Espinoza said.

The USL, or the United Soccer Leagues, is the next step to getting a Major League Soccer team.

Espinoza believes that Albuquerque has a big enough draw for soccer to be successful, especially with the kids, since there are close to 20,000 kids playing soccer here.

Espinoza and Maestas will now be conducting studies to determine the economic impact of bringing a team to the city. They hope to present their findings in next year's legislative session.